A new merger with Allomind will allow SkyLights to further progress in its mission to bring virtual reality to the in-flight entertainment space, the company has said.
SkyLights has merged with premium cinematic virtual reality (VR) headset manufacturer Allomind following a partnership which saw the companies come together to create and launch Allosky, a standalone cinematic VR system, in June 2018.
Operating under the name SkyLights Inc., the new entity will combine Allomind’s expertise in nanotechnology, optics and consumer products with SkyLights’ premium content partnerships, proprietary software and commercial experience in the airline market. The company will have offices in Silicon Valley, Paris and Toulouse.
The organization will be led by David Dicko, who is the current CEO of SkyLights, while Allomind’s co-founder and CEO Abhijit Limaye – who has worked at Amazon Devices’ Lab126 on products including the Amazon Kindle and Echo Dot – will become chief product and technology officer.
“Allomind’s superior-design hardware has been instrumental in enabling SkyLights to focus on the premium passenger experience first.” – David Dicko, CEO of SkyLights Inc.
“Allomind’s superior-design hardware has been instrumental in enabling SkyLights to focus on the premium passenger experience first,” commented Dicko. “In consolidating our expertise, we are now in the advantageous position to grow VR as in-flight entertainment and pursue our shared vision of enabling anyone to sit back and enjoy an immersive cinematic experience on demand. Essentially, we have come together to create the ultimate immersive media platform, 30,000 ft in the air.”
David Scotland, Alaska Airlines’ manager of In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity, said, “Alaska Airlines has enjoyed working with the SkyLights team to become the first carrier to bring SkyLights’ new Allosky Cinematic VR entertainment to North American airspace. We look forward to the enhanced innovation and increased expertise resulting from the newly expanded SkyLights Inc.”
SkyLights has turned its focus to rapid commercial expansion around the globe, across several travel industry verticals such as airlines, airport lounges, high-speed trains, hotels and cruise ships. It was recently announced as one of ten companies selected to take part in IAG’s Hangar 51 global accelerator program.